Thomas Kero is an artist originally from Vancouver, B.C., but who is now living in the Heiltsuk village of Bella Bella on B.C.s central west coast, where he teaches art. He has been succussfully shown his work since 1991, participating in many group and solo exhibitions, in both gallery and alternative settings, mostly in the Vancouver area.
Thomas studied art in Vancouver at Langara College and at U.B.C.where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts (1989). Since then, he has enjoyed exploring a variety of media including drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, stained glass, and wood design. Thomas enjoys nothing more than experimenting with various media, however has a particular affinity for drawing and painting. He feels strongly that the spirit of experimentation is at the core of all artistic creation.
Since living on the central coast, he has been working largely with landscape themes. The landscape of the central coast is more than a visual experience. It is eagles, and ravens, and the sounds they make; it is fierce wind, months of rain, grey skies, mist and wolves howling at night. The challenge is to create art that reflects this environment, without imitating the great Canadian landscape artists, like Emiliy Carr, who blazed a path through here many years ago. Also, it is important to acknowledge the impact of the first nations culture dominant on the coast; to be open to its influences, without appropriating it.